What is Polypropylene?
You may be wondering what polypropylene is?
We had never heard of this fabric until the COVID19 outbreak.
After doing some research online, we saw that most surgical masks and N95 respirators are made of medical grade polypropylene. This sparked our search to find this fabric to make masks for our friends and family. After an extensive search we were able to acquire NON MEDICAL grade polypropylene fabric to make masks for EVERYONE!
Our masks are not medical grade and they are not N95. This mask may not offer you protection against COVID19 and you should not be out wearing a mask with a false sense of security. However, they may offer you some protection in the midst of this pandemic. There have been many reports that people are asymptomatic but still contagious with COVID19 and it has been suggested that wearing a homemade mask can significantly help reduce the spread of the virus.
Please follow government guidelines. Practice Social Distancing and stay safe.
Facts on Polypropylene
Water Absorption. Polypropylene is highly impermeable to water. In a 24-hour soak test, the material absorbs less than 0.01% of its weight in water. This makes polypropylene ideal for total immersion applications where the basket material underneath has to be protected from exposure to various chemicals.
Quick Drying. Polypropylene is hydrophobic and will not absorb water in the fibre. Water “wicks” away from the skin and through the fabric to the face for quick evaporation.
Tensile Strength. Compared to many materials, polypropylene’s structure has a good tensile strength—somewhere around 4,800 psi. This allows the material to withstand fairly heavy loads, despite being lightweight.